URFA has been in contact with the University/Colleges regularly to address some of the questions and concerns that members have raised over the past several weeks. Please find below an update, as well as some important information for specific URFA bargaining units.
A reminder that if you are facing any issues related to the change in the working environment due to COVID-19 to please contact URFA as soon as possible so that we can work towards a resolution in a timely manner.
LOU Drafting Committee
A committee to develop Letters of Understanding between URFA and the University/College Administrations has been formed in order to address issues that have arisen due to the changes that have been made to the working environment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We will update members on the status of the LOU as it develops.
Fall Semester Remote Teaching and Learning
In discussion with the University of Regina, URFA has been told that no official decision date has been established but June was offered as a possible time for consideration if the fall semester is also to be delivered remotely.
Please see the following information for specific URFA bargaining units:
U of R APT
Delayed Performance Reviews
According to Article 11.2 of the URFA/U of R APT Collective Agreement, the performance review process is set to begin in May. However, the University has requested to delay the performance review process until September. Given the circumstances, URFA is in favour of this decision, and is granting the University approval to do so. Please note that increments will still be granted to members on July 1 as usual, despite the delayed performance review process.
Computers and Technology at Home
The University has informed us that members are welcome to take their desktop home, but if you do so, please let your supervisor know. Other equipment not normally needed for work, or that is a personal preference can be purchased through funds APEA. If you are finding that additional equipment is needed due to the change in working environment, please contact your supervisor regarding the purchase of equipment. However, please remember that the University is obligated to provide you with the equipment you need to do your job. If you are having issues obtaining equipment that is necessary for you to do your job, please contact URFA as soon as possible .
U of R Academic
Tenure Track Timeline Extension
Due to the disruption to the working environment caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, members who are in tenure-track positions will be granted an additional one year extension, if needed. URFA recommends that you stay on your current timeline if you are able, however, an additional year will be available for those who need it.
All URFA Members
As always, please do not hesitate to contact URFA if you have any questions or concerns regarding changes that have been made to your working environment due to COVID-19, or for any other issues you may be facing.
We will continue to update members regularly. All of URFAs COVID-19 Updates can be found online at www.urfa.ca/resources/covid-19